Review & Track Premiere: Tony Reed, Funeral Suit

Posted in audiObelisk, Reviews on September 28th, 2020 by JJ Koczan

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[Click play above to stream ‘Waterbirth’ from Tony Reed’s Funeral Suit. Album is out Nov. 6 on Ripple Music. Says Reed, ‘Musically the genesis of “Waterbirth” came to me by accident. I was visiting a friend who had an old National M4 resonator that he was playing in a tuning I wasn’t familiar with (DGDGBD). He was playing it with a slide in a blues style. I asked him if I could borrow it for the night to write something in my style with that tuning. This is what I recorded that night. The song is about being hopelessly lost and turning to the one you love to help guide you home.’]

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In the context of this frenetic productivity, it’s somewhat astonishing that  Write my Dissertation Writing Service Malaysia 5 really cheap! - Don't worry about your writing assignments and enjoy you college life with our trusted essay writing help agency! Reed found the time to add nuances like the self-harmonies and the Mellotron early in and the dual-layers of strum in the final fadeout of the title-track of  Discover the best Can Someone Do My Homework For Me Geo Skills in Best Sellers. Find the top 100 most popular items in Amazon Books Best Sellers. Funeral Suit, or to tap into  CatStevens-meets-AlainJohannes vibes on the progressive, finger-plugged and richly melodic opener “Waterbirth.” There are a couple reworked Mos Generator songs in “Lonely One” — originally “Lonely One Kenobi” from 2012’s Nomads (review here), which began the band’s association with Ripple Music — and “Wicked Willow” from 2016’s Abyssinia (review here), as well as closer “Who Goes There,” which appeared as a two-parter on late-2019’s Spontaneous Combustions EP (review here), but even these are given due treatment rather than simply played in “unplugged” fashion. To wit, the impassioned vocal of “Lonely One” and layers of guitar that accompany, or the slow piano balladry that suddenly feels like such a natural context for “Wicked Willow” and the choral effect that acts as a culmination for the entirety of Funeral Suit at the end of “Who Goes There.” These moments balance intimacy and melodic grandeur, emotional expression and stylistic experimentation.

As those who follow Reed‘s work to some degree or other would have to expect, he delivers this material with a steady, masterful hand. His approach to melody is clean and clear, his playing is precise but organic, and across the ultra-manageable eight-song/34-minute span of Funeral Suit, he demonstrates an awareness of his audience not only through a customary lack of pretense or in the lyrics to “Lonely One” (“I can tell you right now, people…”) and “Funeral Suit” (“…Can I find worth in you and you and you?”), but also in the breadth of arrangements throughout. A crucial first clue of the diversity to come arrives with “Waterbirth,” which is played in a style unlike anything else on the album. It’s the shortest track at 3:07, and along with the charm of a subtle Voivod reference in the first verse, it brings a melodic wash worthy of its title, Reed joining himself in the chorus for an effect conveying depth and melancholy.

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There’s a turn just before the last minute that brings handclaps and a feel like languid gospel, but of course a return to the chorus finishes, the structure duly reinforced. Even so, the message to the listener that Funeral Suit is more than guy-and-a-guitar folk emulation is immediate, and by putting “Waterbirth” first and then following it with the more straight-ahead strum of “Moonlighting,” the aforementioned Mellotron on “Funeral Suit,” and the relatively serene amble of “Along the Way” on the record’s first side, Reed likewise frames the progressive reach of the album as a priority. Thus the mind of the audience is more open to whatever the subsequent tracks might bring, and because the material that follows asks relatively few indulgences, it’s that much easier to follow along where each piece leads. This is a skill born of experience, and it makes an essential contribution to the spirit of the album as a whole.

“Lonely One Kenobi” was a standout hook on Nomads, and there may be a bit of reorienting the listener happening as “Lonely One” — the title dropping the Star Wars reference that seemed to distract from the emotionally-fueled, frankly lonely lyrics — but whether or not one assumes a given listener taking on Funeral Suit is already familiar, its harder-edged strum and its soulful vocals find it serving as a memorable inclusion here as well. It is followed and complemented by “Wicked Willow,” which departs from guitar in classic side B fashion, taking its own familiar basis and from it bringing a new texture to Funeral Suit only previously hinted toward. Slow, mellow and wistful as only a slow piano can be, it’s about as stripped-down as Reed gets here, and as it inevitably would, it highlights the songcraft that underscores all of these pieces, new or old. The same applies to the subsequent and penultimate “Might Just…” which feels stylistically like a reset back to where the album was on side A circa “Moonlighting” or “Along the Way,” with doubled-vocals in the repeated-line chorus of “Rolling along…,” melodic and straightforward, short at 3:30 but enough to satisfy and do its job between “Wicked Willow” and “Who Goes There,” which is the longest inclusion at 5:37 as well as the already-noted finale of the record, encompassing and ready for judgment-free sing-alongs as it is.

A linear build, it holds a tension in the guitar of its first half, the title lyric delivered with due paranoia. A break after two verse/chorus cycles comes at 3:25 in, and from there, the song launches into its righteous capstone movement, not a departure from what’s come before throughout Funeral Suit, but an extension thereof that speaks to one more prevailing factor of Reed‘s work across the LP, which is the forward potential. Not that he doesn’t have plenty going on besides, but having so risen to the challenge of this first offering, as a fan (I also wrote the bio for the album, which I’ll note was uncompensated only because I knew I’d want to review it as well), one only hopes he’ll continue to explore outward from the already-broad reach he establishes here. If Funeral Suit is a one-off, fair enough, but what it conveys to the listener feels far more substantial.

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Mos Generator & Di’Aul Premiere Split LP in Full

Posted in audiObelisk on September 23rd, 2020 by JJ Koczan

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Port Orchard, Washington’s Mos Generator and Milan, Italy’s Di’Aul will release a split LP this Friday through Argonauta Records. It’s a vinyl-only, limited-to-250 copies pressing, and if the pairing of bands seems random or at very least plucked out of the ether, the story behind how it came together could hardly be simpler. Reportedly, members of Di’Aul went to see Mos Generator on tour a few years back and hit up guitarist/vocalist Tony Reed about making something happen. Couple years after the fact, here we are. The life lesson is you lose nothing by sending that email, and maybe you get to put out a split with Mos Generator.

The Pacific Northwest heavy rock institution offer three tracks on side A of the quite-manageable 32-minute outing, and bring forth an installment of their ‘Plundering of the Vaults’ series with demos recorded between 2014 and 2018. As self-sufficient as they are in the studio with Reed working as producer as well as helming mixing and mastering, it’s hard to imagine the vaults aren’t overflowing at any given time, but the three inclusions here run shortest to longest and feel particularly choice.

“I Spoke to Death” opens in Sabbath-rock fashion while also invoking Americana folk, while “The Paranoid” rolls at a lumbering pace in contrast to its own obvious reference while the lyrics nod to The Stooges‘ “TV Eye” and vocal lines intertwine behind one of the most outwardly doomed progressions I’ve heard from the band. Somehow fitting, a cross-lineup (explained below) cover of Pink Floyd‘s “Fearless” — also recently taken on by Seattle/Los Angeles heavies Snail — caps Mos Generator‘s portion of the release with clarity cutting through psychedelia and a kick of energy bolstering the mellow vibe of the Meddle original while still ending with a crowd chant, maybe backwards in this case.

Meanwhile, in Milan, Di’Aul crush it. The four-piece of vocalist MoMo, guitarist LeLe, bassist Jeremy Toma and drummer Diego Bertoni celebrate 10 years of the band’s existence in 2020, and their two assembled cuts — “The House on the Edge of the World” (8:47) and “Three Ladies” (7:56) — stand in immediate contrast to side A in their focus on sheer tonal heft and impact. Beginning with two minutes-plus of ambience and stark guitar, “The House on the Edge of the World” builds into a massive and righteous nod without losing its hook in the ensuing fray.

It is H-E-A-V-Y, and harsher in its approach than Mos Generator, but makes a better complement for the fact that each act brings something different to the release. There’s sludge underlying what Di’Aul are doing, and some jabs and turns of riff in “The House on the Edge of the World” remind of YOB, but as the track chug-stop-chugs to its end, its gravity is its own. More immediate, “Three Ladies” starts out with bass and drums and is underway soon enough with its own stomp and drawl, a solo break as it heads into its midsection proving only a brief respite from the willful repetition and concrete-on-skull vibe that surrounds.

If you think you can hang, you probably can. Splits like this often become a footnote in the respective catalogs of the bands that take part in them. Mos Generator always have a slew of things going on, and Di’Aul are two years removed from their second LP, Nobody’s Heaven (review here), but for an offering that asks next to nothing of the listener beyond the time involved in hearing the thing, and for the quality of work put in by both groups, you can’t really go wrong, whether either band is new to you or not. The relatively few physical copies that exist create some urgency around it, so I’m that much more appreciative of being able to host the full stream of the split for you to check out in advance of the proper release this Friday.

More PR wire info follows under the player.

Please enjoy:

Mos Generator & Di’Aul, Split official premiere

Heavy rock icons, Mos Generator, have teamed up with Italy’s doom and sludge rock heavy weights Di’Aul for the release of a 5-track split vinyl-only LP, coming out on September 25th, 2020, via Argonauta Records!

Preorder here: www.argonautarecords.com/shop

Mos Generator’s plundering of the Vaults continues with three demos recorded between May 2014 and June 2018. Says Tony Reed, “All three of these songs were recorded live in our rehearsal space and then layers were added later in the studio. There are a few interesting things about these songs. First, they are loosely arranged ideas that were only played two or three times before we recorded them, and I think that is what helps give them the raw edge that they have. And two, there is a crossover of band line-ups. On the Pink Floyd cover “Fearless”, original drummer Shawn Johnson is playing with second line-up bassist Sean Booth. That has happened before with other configurations and I enjoy it. Someday I would like to record with both rhythm sections at once.”

After a decade of shows across Europe and four albums to date, Di’Aul have grabbed the chance to team up with one of the best rock bands of our time: Mos Generator. “We saw them live with Saint Vitus during their European tour, completely astonished from their sound, MoMo and Rex decided to write a message to Mr. Tony Reed and ask him to make a record together. And so it is!”

Di’Aul recorded two brand new songs in a one day session with longtime friends and producers Federico Lino and Alessio Massara of the Iron Ape Studio in Vigevano (Pavia – Italy), mastered at HeavyHead Recording Co. by Tony Reed himself.

Tracklist:
A Side Mos Generator – “Plundering of the Vaults : Vol II”
1. I Spoke to Death
2. The Paranoid
3. Fearless ( Pink Floyd Cover )

B Side Di’Aul
1. The House on the Edge of the World
2. Three Ladies

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Tony Reed Announces Solo Acoustic Funeral Suit Album out Nov. 6 on Ripple Music

Posted in Whathaveyou on August 31st, 2020 by JJ Koczan

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This is one of the best records I’ve heard this year. Period. Tony Reed‘s Funeral Suit pushes well beyond the dude-and-guitar expectation of a rock frontman’s “solo acoustic debut” and unfolds a new breadth of his well established songcraft. I was fortunate enough to write the bio for it that you’ll see below, and I mean every single word I say in that thing. It’s time to start thinking of Tony Reed on a different level. Like, I hope I get to, but I probably shouldn’t be cool enough to do a premiere from the album, that kind of thing. It could not be more fitting in my mind that Reed is following Wino in Ripple‘s ‘Blood and Strings’ series. That’s the kind of level on which his work should be considered at this point.

Album info, preorder links, the bio I wrote and streaming single follow here, all via the PR wire. More to come:

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TONY REED to release solo acoustic album ‘Funeral Suit’ on Ripple Music; first single streaming!

TONY REED New solo album ‘Funeral Suit’ Out November 6th on Ripple Music

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Ripple Music announce the signing of Seattle heavyweight, multi-instrumentalist and respected producer TONY REED (also frontman of Mos Generator) for the release of his debut solo acoustic album ‘Funeral Suit’, as part of the ‘Blood And Strings: The Ripple Acoustic’ series. Stream the first single and preorder the album now!

With ‘Funeral Suit’, TONY REED delivers his most up-close and personal work to date. Known for being the driving force behind heavy rock stalwarts Mos Generator since 2000, the prolific songwriter made his solo debut with ‘The Lost Chronicles Of Heavy Rock Vol. 1’ tribute record in 2018, yet never had he found the right occasion to sit down, grab a guitar and lay himself bare as freely and soulfully as he does on ‘Funeral Suit’.

“A large percentage of the compositions on this album where the first or second takes of the music and vocals for songs that had been written and arranged only minutes earlier”, he says. Whether it’s the delicate arrangements, Reed’s velvet-smooth vocal harmonies or stirring piano-based moments, ‘Funeral Suit’ conveys a life-wide array of emotions that resonate in a universal way, regardless of the listener’s music inclinations. The debut single and title track showcases perfectly this multi-faceted aspect: a beautiful lament progressively turning into a ray of hope.

About the album themes, Tony Reed explains: “The album is titled ‘Funeral Suit’ because my father passed on August 16th 2019, and I went out and bought a nice suit for the funeral. The song is about how I felt and the wonder of how his passing may change me in the future. It’s also about the ones who are the closest to you in this life. Many of the songs are about guilt and regret. Insecurity, selfishness, and ego are matched by integrity, compassion and confidence.”

‘Funeral Suit’ comes as the second chapter of Ripple Music’s ‘Blood And Strings: The Ripple Acoustic’ series, in which some of the most admired names in rock and metal unplug to record albums of acoustic heaviness. It was recorded and mixed by Tony Reed at HeavyHead Recording Co., and will be issued on November 6th, 2020 and available now to preorder on deluxe edition vinyl, CD and digital edition via Ripple Music.

TRACK LISTING:
1. Waterbirth
2. Moonlighting
3. Funeral Suit
4. Along The Way
5. Lonely One
6. Wicked Willow
7. Might Just…
8. Who Goes There

BIO:

TONY REED belongs to a rare echelon of relentless creativity. A rock and roll lifer since his days self-recording tape demos as a teenager, he has spent the last three decades in an increasingly progressive pursuit of his art. In bands like Treepeople, Twelve-Thirty Dreamtime, Constance Tomb, Stone Axe, and his steadiest and most influential, Mos Generator, he has refined a songwriting, performance and recording process that is unmatched, and amassed a lifetime discography broad enough to make the rest of the universe seem outright lazy.

Tony Reed has toured on multiple continents and especially since revitalizing Mos Generator as a stage act in the early 2010s, earned a reputation for bringing the same ferocity to the stage as to the studio. As a frontman, Reed harnesses a classic rocker’s energy, but is only ever forward-thinking in his execution and engagement with his audience. At dive bars or huge festivals, his name is synonymous with a level of mastery that is no less his own than the songs he writes.

Headquartered in Port Orchard, Washington, his HeavyHead Studio is home to a fully-stocked production facility, and though Reed most often uses it for his own ends, the words “Mixed and Mastered by Tony Reed” have become a staple of heavy underground releases. His collaborations with artists, whether through split releases or actually sitting in with other bands, are rousing endorsements for listeners in the know, and his exploration continues unabated.

Whether it’s incorporating new elements of space and prog into Mos Generator, reviving the goth-tinged Constance Tomb, or beginning the entirely new pursuit of an acoustic/piano-based solo incarnation under his own name, TONY REED is a treasure of American rock and roll and someone whose soul bleeds into everything he crafts. It is time to start including his name among rock’s truest ambassadors.

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Mos Generator Release “In the Upper Room” Digi-Single

Posted in Whathaveyou on August 19th, 2020 by JJ Koczan

Bottom line here? ‘Hey everybody, Tony‘s got a thing!’ I really can’t break it down any more than that. Quarantine life would seem to suit Tony Reed‘s studio proclivities, as he and his band Mos Generator have a barrage of releases in the works for the coming months through a variety of labels, taking part in comps, releasing splits, EPs, and one-off singles like “In the Upper Room” here. I’ve stopped counting all the upcoming outings, to be perfectly honest with you — I know I need to write a bio for his solo record this weekend, so that’s on the calendar — but yeah, if you think you can keep up with him, you’ll probably have to quit your dayjob just to properly dedicate yourself to the task.

“In the Upper Room” — recorded in 2006, mixed presumably last week — has made its way to Bandcamp both in its completed form and in the isolated tracks that make it up. Guitar sounds pretty slick too. And if doing that seems weird to you, Tony‘s right, this kind of thing is all over YouTube. And what’s more? I kind of like hearing that drum groove after the full song. Apparently the song is going to be released as part of a thing next year — maybe the archival vault series? — but it’s name-your-price now, and Reed tosses in a nice “lookout!” near the end, so have at it.

He posted the following:

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Mos Generator – In The Upper Room – 2020 mix with isolated stems

I am remixing a recording session from June 2006 that will be re-issued in early 2021. During the remixing of these sessions I thought it might be cool to share some stereo “stems” of the recording. In this download you’ll hear the final mix but also be able to listen to stereo mixes of each player separately. You can find a lot of this kind of stuff up on youtube. I really like listening to isolated tracks so I thought I would share some online.

Here’s a bit about the session. In The Upper Room was recorded to 16 track 1” tape in our 9’x12’ jam room in June of 2006. All of the bed tracks were cut live in the room and that is why you can hear audio bleed over in each performers microphones. Upper Room was only a few days old when we recorded this so being in close quarters helped us play off of each other. After the live track was finished I did quite a few guitar overdubs and the vocals (I had a cold). The microphone setup was very minimal for these sessions.

As far as I can remember it was like this (or close).

Kick (outside) EV re20
Kick (beater side) Shure sm57
Snare top: Shure sm57
Rack tom: Equitek E-100
Floor toms: Some kind of condenser microphone in the middle of both floor toms.
No overhead microphones. All cymbals were capture by the tom mics. That is why I used condensers.
Bass: AKG d3400
Guitar: Shure sm57

1. In The Upper Room (2020 mix) 05:08
2. In The Upper Room (stereo drum stem) 05:08
3. In The Upper Room (stereo bass stem) 05:08
4. In The Upper Room (stereo guitars stem) 05:08
5. In The Upper Room (stereo vocals stem) 05:08

Recorded on a Tascam MS16 to 1” tape.

Tony Reed: guitar, vocals
Shawn Johnson: drums
Scooter Haslip: bass

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Mos Generator to Release I’ve Got Room in My Wagon EP

Posted in Whathaveyou on July 22nd, 2020 by JJ Koczan

I went back and looked. It hasn’t even been a week since the last time I posted about something Mos Generator — or in this case, Mös Generatör — were up to. It was last Friday, when they were announced as part of Glory or Death Records‘ tribute to Deep Purple. Plus, the same day, there was the announcement of Mos‘ upcoming split with Italy’s Di’Aul. That’s two, and if you count the fact that Tony Reed mastered the Stubb self-titled that closed out last week, there were three mentions in one single day, less than a week ago. And here’s another new release.

Tony, you alright, man?

As Mos Generator continues its frenetic, perhaps manic, pace of offerings and Reed bounces from recording with one project to another — Constance Tomb, Mos Generator, his upcoming solo debut (which is freaking awesome, by the way), probably six or seven more — he’s got this EP announced through H42 Records even before the band’s previously announced split with Void Vator shows up on the same label! That’s out July 31. Mark your Releases of Reed 2020 calendar accordingly, and I’ll do the same.

Shit is nuts, is all I’m saying.

Here’s the EP info:

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Mos Generator releasing new Vinyl EP of the series ‘The plundering of the vaults” called I’ve got room in my wagon.

Release September 4th 2020
Presale August 14th

New 12″-vinyl EP from Mös Generatör (MOS GENERATOR) coming September 4th. This will be a special Collectors Item limited to only 250 copies with exclusive silkscreened B-Side.

Diane is a Husker Du song I used to play in a band in the late 80s and when the idea of doing one of their songs came up, this was the first tune I thought about. I’m not sure what gave me the balls to reach out to Bent from Motorpsycho to play bass on it, but I did, and he agreed. I sent him a demo that I did of the song and he sent back bass (5 different tracks of it) and vocal tracks on the choruses, which was a nice surprise. Then I had Jono replace my demo drums and I re-recorded guitars (with that classic Bob Mould scratchy guitar sound) and did a proper vocal take.

The other three songs are what I’m calling “the plundering of the vaults”. This has been going on for a few years now and it’s hard to believe there is still a nice well of material. “Flower & Song” is a live demo from 2017 with overdubs on it. The song is taken from a side project I have called HeavyPink and was being re-recorded for the Shadowlands album but never made it past this demo. I forgot how good it turned out and I’m glad it’s getting released. The other 2 songs, “Slow/Moody” & “Early Mourning (live at Freak Valley)”, were both previously issued on cassette only by H42 in the deluxe edition of a split 7″ we did with Daily Thompson in 2015. Slow/Moody is another live demo with overdubs we did in 2014. We were testing the sound quality of Shawn’s living room to see it was worth recording in and we wrote this song on that day. It has a very ambient sound that works well for the song. The record cover was done by my old friend Mike the Pike in the style of the Pettibon / SST records album covers and I did the Husker Du style MG logo to finish it off.
(Tony Reed, Mos Generator)

The vinyl will be available in following editions:

lim. 50 copies on clear red vinyl with gold silkscreened b-side
lim. 70 copies on clear red vinyl with white silkscreened b-side
black vinyl with white silkscreened b-side

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Mos Generator & Di’Aul to Release Split on Argonauta Records

Posted in Whathaveyou on July 17th, 2020 by JJ Koczan

I feel no shame in admitting that at this point I can’t keep up with Mos Generator‘s release schedule. Founding guitarist/vocalist Tony Reed has an acoustic record coming out and I’ve heard that and it’s brilliant, but the full band also has this split in the works with Italy’s Di’Aul, as well as another split if I’m not mistaken and Reed‘s writing for at least one side-project concurrently, so yeah, there’s a fair amount to take it at any given point. To the best of my knowledge, this is the first time Reed/Mos Generator has released through Argonauta Records. Di’Aul, on the other hand, put out Nobody’s Heaven (review here), through the label in 2018.

Di’Aul‘s songs are new, Mos Generator‘s are older demos, but you get a Floyd cover in there too, and that’s a win. The PR wire has the details:

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MOS GENERATOR and DI’AUL team up for crushing split LP!

Coming September 25th on Argonauta Records!

Heavy rock icons, Mos Generator, have teamed up with Italy’s doom and sludge rock heavy weights Di’Aul for the release of a 5-track split LP, coming out on September 25th, 2020, via Argonauta Records!

Tony Reed’s Mos Generator, who formed in 2000 in Port Orchard, Washington from the ashes of a ten year off & on collaboration between it’s three members, all of which are long time veterans of road & studio, inspired the heavy music scene since decades. The need to strip down to the basics of hard rock was apparent from their start and continues to be the foundation for all the bands recent material. Mos Generator have released 9 full length studio albums, a retrospective album, 2 live albums and a plethora of split 7″ and 12” singles on such labels as Listenable, Roadburn, Small Stone, Ripple, Nasoni, Lay Bare, Hevi Sike, H42, Devil‘s Child, Kozmik Artifactz and Heavy Psych Sounds. Touring has been just as important to the profile of the band as making records has. Over the years Mos Generator has shared the stage with many great heavy rock bands across Europe and North America including extensive tours with Saint Vitus, FU Manchu, Elder, Spirit Caravan and Atomic Bitchwax. They have also played many prestigious festivals throughout Europe including 2 appearances at Hellfest in France, opening up a whole new fan base to the Mos Generator sound. After 20 years of making music Mos Generator show no signs of slowing down. September 25th, 2020, will see them release a split with Di’Aul, says Mos Generator mastermind, Tony Reed, about the upcoming record:

“The plundering of the Vaults continues with three demos recorded between May 2014 and June 2018. All three of these songs were recorded live in our rehearsal space and then layers were added later in the studio. There are a few interesting things about these songs. First, they are loosely arranged ideas that were only played two or three times before we recorded them, and I think that is what helps give them the raw edge that they have. And two, there is a crossover of band line-ups. On the Pink Floyd cover “Fearless”, original drummer Shawn Johnson is playing with second line-up bassist Sean Booth. That has happened before with other configurations and I enjoy it. Someday I would like to record with both rhythm sections at once.”

Ever since their inception in 2010, Di’Aul, who are no longer one of Italy’s best kept doom metal and hard rock secrets, strive a distinctive, heavy yet catchy sound. Their latest, fourth album “Nobody’s Heaven”, released in 2018 on Argonauta Records, gained the band high praise from both fans and critics alike. The four-piece collective mixes the elements of ’70s rock, a modern metal groove with a heavy dose of the doom. From a harsh distortion to slow-paced sludge infusions, powerful, fuzz-fueled riffs, big grooves and expressive vocals, Di’Aul take you on a trip through all that is heavy.

After a decade of shows across Europe and four albums to date, Di’Aul have grabbed the chance to team up with one of the best rock bands of our time: Mos Generator. “We saw them live with Saint Vitus during their European tour, completely astonished from their sound, MoMo and Rex decided to write a message to Mr. Tony Reed and ask him to make a record together. And so it is!”

Di’Aul recorded two brand new songs in a one day session with longtime friends and producers Federico Lino and Alessio Massara of the Iron Ape Studio in Vigevano (Pavia – Italy), mastered at HeavyHead Recording Co. by Tony Reed himself.

Both tracks represent a vibrant sound of heavy as hell rock, sludge-infused doom tunes with a melancholic atmosphere: a mix between the ’70s Sabbath sound and the power of 90’s heavy music.

The split will be available as Vinyl only on September 25th, 2020, via Argonauta Records, the pre-sale has just started at THIS LOCATION!

Tracklist:

A Side Mos Generator – “Plundering of the Vaults : Vol II”
1. I Spoke to Death
2. The Paranoid
3. Fearless ( Pink Floyd Cover )

B Side Di’Aul
1. The House on the Edge of the World
2. Three Ladies

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Tony Reed’s Constance Tomb to Release MCMLXXXVIII LP

Posted in Whathaveyou on June 30th, 2020 by JJ Koczan

The human productivity machine known as Tony ReedMos Generator, Big Scenic Nowhere, all your vinyl mastering, etc. — offered up Constance Tomb‘s MCMLXXXVIII in April for those who might take it on, showcasing influences in gothic rock that would probably be a surprise to a decent portion of his fanbase. The songs were written, indeed, in 1988, when Reed was 19 years old, and recorded this past March and April, as apparently the dude lining up multiple Mos Generator releases and an acoustic solo record for 2020 had a few spare minutes to work with, and the result is a present reconciliation with past that is both distinctly Reed‘s own and still outside the scope of what he’s best known for, which at this point is of course heavy rock and roll.

Not every artist would be so bold as to look back in this way, so it seems all the more fitting that DHU will release the album on vinyl. Good. Now Reed can go write a new album for the project.

The PR wire has details:

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New signing to DHU Records: Constance Tomb

DHU Records is honored to announce the signing of Mastermind, multi instrumentalist, producer and all out awesome individual, Mr. Tony Reed’s personal project Constance Tomb!

As many of you know Tony Reed is responsible for most of the vinyl masters of the DHU catalogue, not to mention many, many other labels he’s mastered for. So when asked by the man himself he wanted to release something with DHU Records this was, of course, more than a privilege!

Constance Tomb’s debut album entitled MCMLXXXVIII (1988) will be released this Fall on Limited Edition vinyl including Test Press, DHU Exclusive and Band Editions

More details and info coming soon…

STAY DOOMED STAY HEAVY

BIO

I wrote and recorded somewhere around thirty songs in 1988 (my 19th year). A large percentage of them were heavily influenced by the gothic movement of the early 80s. Bands like Bauhaus, Christian Death, Tones On Tail, Mighty Sphincter, Death Cult & Samhain were obvious inspirations during this time in my life.

In 1988 I was making music with a band called Twelve Thirty Dreamtime and in that year alone I worked with three different rhythm sections. All of the songs I wrote that year were captured on tape but the recordings were done on the most primitive equipment in the bedrooms and basements of people that would let us make noise in their space. At that point I was doing 2 track tape to tape overdubbing and after a few passes the tape hiss would be almost unbearable.

When I listen back to the old recordings sometimes I think those limitations are cool and add to the eerie quality of the music but over the last 32 years I’ve also wanted to hear what the songs would have sounded like done in a proper recording studio. I did my best to NOT overplay or add too many additional ideas beyond the original versions. When I would start to add extra layers to some of the tracks I almost always scrapped the idea soon after.

This collection is what I consider to be the ten best songs of that era recorded the way I heard it in my head all those years ago.

Constance Tomb ~ MCMLXXXVIII

Side A:
A1. Spiritual Stairway
A2. Amokt
A3. The Doomsday Subliminalist
A4. Crawl
A5. Neurosleep

Side B:
B1. The Last Picture Show
B2. Orthodox Seduction
B3. Big Brother Doom
B4. Poison Perfomances
B5. Blood Red Eternity

All songs written by Tony Reed in 1988.
Recorded at HeavyHead Recording Co. March / April 2020.
All sonic manipulations, instruments and vocals by Reed.
Mastered for vinyl by Tony Reed at HeavyHead Recording Company

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Mos Generator & Void Vator to Release Covering Queen Split 7″ on July 31

Posted in Whathaveyou on May 20th, 2020 by JJ Koczan

With the ready confession that I’m a sucker for such things, you pretty much had me at ‘Mos Generator cover.’ There are few who dig as deep into ’70s aficionadodom as Tony Reed, so when it comes to picking tracks to take on with his band (or on his own, as he’s also done), he knows what he’s doing. That’s not to take away from Void Vator, who share the other half of the double-A side Covering Queen 7″ due out July 31 on H42 Records. The Los Angeles classic metallers issued their Stranded full-length through Ripple last year, and if the sharpness of their logo doesn’t clue you into the kind of bite on offer, I suggest you find an online class in thrash history to take. There has to be one somewhere, and if it’s not taught by Jim Durkin from Dark Angel, it should be.

How does one become a degree-granting institution, anyhow?

Sorry, sidetracked. Here’s PR wire info about the split:

mos generator son and daughter

void vator tie your mother down

MOS GENERATOR & VOID VATOR Split-7″ vinyl COVERING QUEEN

Despite corona we are still working on the upcoming releases. On July 31st there comes a new small piece of plastic that you have all been waiting for, even if you don’t know it yet.

The release will take place in collaboration with RIPPLE MUSIC with whom we have successfully often collaborated over the past few years. Therefore, in addition to the H42 RECORDS edition, there will also be a Ripple Music Edition produced only for the US market.

Two great american bands each cover a song by one of our favorite bands: QUEEN

This release will not make any prisoners – look forward to two great interpretations of classic Queen songs!

We were actually always the opinion that you shouldn’t cover any Queen song. But after we heard the master of the split 7″-vinyl, we are converted! Great punchy versions are waiting for you …. let yourself be surprised and “let me entertain YOU”!

RELEASE JULY 31st in different editions

EU H42 Records Edition on clear vinyl (ltd. 60 with OBI) H42-066
US Ripple Records Edition on gold vinyln (ltd. 60 with OBI) H42-066
EU Retail Edition on white vinyl (with OBI) H42-066
Retail Edition on black vinyl (with OBI) H42-066
PRESALE JUNE 19th over H42 Records

Side A ‘Son & Daughter’
(original by Queen, B. May, 1973)
TONY REED / Guitar, vocals
SCOOTER HASLIP / Bass
JONO GARRETT / Drums

Side AA ‘Tie Your Mother Down’
(original by Queen, B. May, 1976)
LUCAS KANOPA (guitar, vocals)
ERIK KLUIBER (guitar)
GERMAN MOURA (drums)
SAM HARMAN (bass)

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